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Know Your Credit Score

by Corey Franco on May 2, 2018

Credit Management in the 21st Century

In today’s world, good credit is a necessity. Today, our credit score affects much more than our ability to buy a house or finance a car. Our credit score can also affect our insurance premium, our ability to rent an apartment, and even our ability to get a job.

Six Questions about Buying Mortgage Life Insurance

by Corey Franco on Apr 2, 2018

You’ve worked hard and after five years of disciplined savings, you’ve been approved for a 20 year $200,000 mortgage. It’s an exciting time and amongst the financial decisions ahead of you is determining if you should buy the bank-sponsored mortgage life insurance policy recommended by the loan officer.

Bank mortgage life insurance is not required but you both agree that if either of you dies, you want the survivor to receive a life insurance benefit so he/she can pay off the mortgage. 

Business Owners’ Personal and Family Security Risks

by Corey Franco on Mar 2, 2018

Accumulating wealth turns out to be a double-edged sword for business owners. It certainly has its privileges, but it also comes with additional risk exposures. In a 2011 Zogby survey, 92 percent of people with a high new worth indicated concerns over the possibility of home invasions, muggings, kidnapping, and even random street crimes. Not mentioned widely was the ever increasing risk of cyber crime, which can do serious financial, reputation and identity damage.

Financial Planning for Newlyweds

by Corey Franco on Feb 2, 2018

Congratulations Newlyweds! Your fresh union symbolizes a new beginning facing the world. But before the glow of wedded bliss wears, it’s crucial to talk about finances. Let’s be straight, financial talks should be had well before the ring, but did you know that “68 percent of engaged couples surveyed held a negative attitude about discussing money with their fiancé.1

That’s a staggering percentage of couples who are afraid to have ‘the talk’. Below are a few tips and areas to consider if you’re in a serious relationship, newly engaged or if you’ve tied the knot!

Go to the Gym for Lower Insurance Premiums

by Corey Franco on Jan 2, 2018

It stands to reason that, people who manage to get to the gym on a regular basis are generally healthier people. What you may not know is that they can also be wealthier people because they may pay lower premiums on their insurance. Insurance companies are stepping up their campaigns to encourage healthier living and it is paying off for both the insurance companies and their policyholders. 

Get In shape - Financial Fitness 101

by Corey Franco on Nov 15, 2017

We’re all familiar with fitness fanatics, raving about life changing workouts guaranteed to get you into tip top shape. While there is a new fitness craze in the air, it’s time to exercise your wallet. Financial Fitness is a set of goals or programs to help you identify your financial goals, and how to get in the best financial shape of your life.

Will Retirement Investors Tolerate the Next Big Downturn? The Case for Fixed Indexed Annuities

by Corey Franco on Nov 14, 2017

No one can predict with any degree of certainty when the next market correction or bear market will occur, or how long it will last. What we do know is that, at eight years and counting, the current bull market has lasted twice as long as the average bull market. It’s safe to assume that investors, who are experienced in the ways of market cycles, have taken measures to prepare their portfolios for the likelihood of a market decline and renewed volatility.

Are Investors Their Own Worst Enemy?

by Corey Franco on Jul 26, 2017

When it comes to investing, people can be their own worst enemy. Nearly all of the mistakes made by investors can be attributed to their behavior which is typically dictated by their emotions. Fear and greed have a way of driving even the most rational people to making investing decision which is why most investors typically under perform the markets. According to a 2015 study by DALBAR, the returns most investors experience lag the actual returns of the mutual funds they buy.

High Net Worth Families Need a Complete Risk Management Plan

by Corey Franco on Jul 26, 2017

Because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all plan that could possibly fit the unique needs of every family, risk management is a process that focuses on the problem of risk at every level of a family’s lifestyle in order to ultimately arrive at a solution for each. Each risk calls for separate measures, which usually require separate forms of insurance.